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Re: Beginner group clinic

From: Joe Dinoffer <>
Date: Fri 18 May 2007 14:29:48 -0500


While placing beginners in lines is the easiest way to "control" the
activity, the downside is the "lack of activity" when the students are
waiting in lines. It's a challenge for most. Here is my two cents on the

Cooperative learning is a principal used in many educational situations,
including sport activities. The concept in a classroom is simple. Have the
students pair up and work together at various times instead of the teaching
lecturing until boredom sets in.

On a tennis court, the USTA is now advocating what teaching organizations
like the USPTA and PTR have also been recommending for years; namely, to
pair up students and get the hitting. The challenge is that they cannot hit
the ball under control!!! While this is the obvious challenge, there is also
a fairly easy solution. We have to SLOW things down. Here is how it plays

Smaller rackets, slower balls, and a shorter court to hit into. The point is
that people of all ages can rally if you adjust things in a graduated length
approach. Example: Four-year-olds with no sports backgound may play tennis
with their hands and a beach ball, push it back and forth across a line.
Here's a link to an image that will give you just one idea and one approach.
It is called 36/60 Tennis.

Good luck!

Joe Dinoffer

Received on Fri May 18 2007 - 14:29:48 CDT

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